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Regarding harshness, how much did you play with toe angle?
My general preference is to strike a balance between precise imaging and soundstage width (which I find to be inversely correlated in most instances).
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Not sure if i mentioned but upgraded from a really entry level 2 channel receiver to a peach tree deco 125, and it has made a very clear different, bordering substantial. I can comfortably say that to me the s400s are the best bookshelfs under 2k, if not 3k. Its always possible an ls50 w sub would take the prize but these are amazing. Highly recommended to anyone in a similar situation as myself.
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Not sure if i mentioned but upgraded from a really entry level 2 channel receiver to a peach tree deco 125, and it has made a very clear different, bordering substantial. I can comfortably say that to me the s400s are the best bookshelfs under 2k, if not 3k. Its always possible an ls50 w sub would take the prize but these are amazing. Highly recommended to anyone in a similar situation as myself.


I concur. To me, the S400s are the best bookshelf speakers in their price range that I’ve ever heard.


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You might want to try JBL 530 speakers. You won't find anything better under 7K. They go for $599. JBL is always sold out as they go like hotcakes but you can find them with resellers on Amazon and e-bay.
Which speakers are the step up at $7000? Just curious.
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Not sure if i mentioned but upgraded from a really entry level 2 channel receiver to a peach tree deco 125, and it has made a very clear different, bordering substantial. I can comfortably say that to me the s400s are the best bookshelfs under 2k, if not 3k. Its always possible an ls50 w sub would take the prize but these are amazing. Highly recommended to anyone in a similar situation as myself.
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I concur. To me, the S400s are the best bookshelf speakers in their price range that I’ve ever heard.
What I would like to know is, does this preference change if you tested all speakers with an 80 Hz crossover to multiple well-integrated subs? Does the R3, or S2, or any other speaker in this range then sound as good or better once you standardize the sub bass?
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What I would like to know is, does this preference change if you tested all speakers with an 80 Hz crossover to multiple well-integrated subs? Does the R3, or S2, or any other speaker in this range then sound as good or better once you standardize the sub bass?
It might but in doing that you kind of eliminate the biggest reason for considering the s400's. You want the best sound possible with the smallest visual impact and least amount of floor space taken up. My .02
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What is the best bookshelf for watching movies under 1k?
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What is the best bookshelf for watching movies under 1k?
I believe you are in the wrong thread

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Reading through this thread I'm surprised to see no mention of RBH brand speakers. https://rbhsound.com/bookshelf-sv.php

The 61R and 661R paired with the matching center are right there with Ascend, and Salk for quality.
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It might but in doing that you kind of eliminate the biggest reason for considering the s400's. You want the best sound possible with the smallest visual impact and least amount of floor space taken up. My .02
I'm not so sure. I have great subs, but I want the linearity, detail, and driver matching this speaker provides.
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I concur. To me, the S400s are the best bookshelf speakers in their price range that I’ve ever heard.


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Some people say it doesn't sound good at low volumes, have you had that experience?
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Some people say it doesn't sound good at low volumes, have you had that experience?


I wouldn’t say it doesn’t sound good at low levels. I would say it doesn’t sound as good at low level...but I think that’s true of just about every speaker I’ve ever owned.


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By changing the volume a speaker shouldn't sound different...ie: @low >moderate> high volumes unless the amp is clipping. I will concur...not all tweeters sound the same at lower listening levels.

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